Current Exhibition



The Mouth Is for Speaking


02/03/2022 - 28/05/2022


Limmatstrasse 268
8005 Zurich

opening hours:

Wed - Fri / 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Sat / 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
and by appointment

Sun - Tue / closed


Please register for the opening night:

    Due to COVID-19 restrictions limited places are available.

    The Mouth Is for Speaking

    Cultural critic and writer Olivia Laing once remarked: “The mouth is for speaking, how do you speak if no one’s listening, how do you speak if your voice is prohibited, or no one understands your tongue?”

    Freedom and human rights are meant to give individuals a voice. But many people still lack the chance to express themselves and to be heard. The works in the show specifically deal with speaking up or speaking out about the violation of human rights. As muted cry, Abdulnasser Gharem stages a white awning similar to the one to be seen on the security camera that recorded the last moments in the life of journalist Jamal Khashoggi before entering the Saudi embassy in Istanbul. Luke Willis Thompson's large b/w-photograph is subtly composed of nine exposures showing the mechanics of breathing in a single image thus interlacing individual and collective movements such as Black Lives Matter. Seline Baumgartner traced the traumatic narrative of a survivor of Swiss Administrative Detention, who was torn from her family and held in confinement against her will. Subsequently, the artist and the survivor developed a set of movements through the intermediary of a dancer to evoke these dark memories and lend them physicality. Ishita Chakraborty sheds light on the muted presence of people who found refuge in Switzerland. The immigration account of a young man called Farid is staged as a fragile ceramic sound wave that remains undecipherable, thus becoming a silent monument to those in need of a voice in our society.

    With kind support of Cassinelli-Vogel-Stiftung and Ernst Göhner Stiftung

    Artists: Seline Baumgartner, Ishita Chakraborty, Abdulnasser Gharem, Luke Willis Thompson

    Installation view, Ishita Chakraborty, Mute Tongue, Who am I without EThe Mouth Is for Speaking, AIA Space, 2022 Photo: Léa Jullien

    Installation view Seline Baumgartner, Apart from Us, The Mouth Is for Speaking, AIA Space, 2022 Photo: Léa Jullien